Alright, so what on earth is wrong
Sugar is derived from a variety of sources.
The most common sources in the United States are beets and sugar
cane (roughly half the sugar market is from each source). Unfortunately,
cane sugar is often whitened using charcoal from the bones of cows.
That's gross, but is that really
a good reason to avoid eating something? Is it really any worse
to spend money on products from companies whose workers aren't vegan?
I mean then my money is still indirectly being used to support someone
else eating meat.
That's a good point, but it's tough to live
in this society without making some compromises. If you want to
raise your own food, more power to you! But, if not, avoiding sugar
that's been processed with bone char is a relatively simple thing
one can do that can really make a difference. Since the majority
of the sugar in this country is not processed with bone char, companies
generally respond positively to making a switch when they find out
that many vegans won't eat their products otherwise. All animal
advocacy campaigns should be this easy!
So is brown sugar OK since bone char
is just used to whiten it?
You would think so, wouldn't you? Unfortunately,
brown sugar falls into the same category as white sugar . "Brown
sugar" is actually just white sugar that has had coloring and
flavoring (molasses) added to it after it already had its natural
brown coloring removed. Will the wonders of science never cease?
But, all beet sugar is safe?
Yes! Beet sugar is fine, and tastes just
the same as cane sugar. In fact, it's also generally better for
the environment as well. On the down-side sugar beets are sometimes
What about fructose, dextrose and
You might think fructose only comes from
fruit, but actually the majority of comercial fructose on the market
is derived from corn or beet source (both of which are fine). Dextrose
is derived from corn as well, so go ahead and eat those french fries.
Sucrose could be just about anything, so you'll need to verify with
the company whether it's from cane sugar (and if so, whether bone
char was used to process it).
Well, how about turbinado sugar,
organic evaporated cane juice, organic dehydrated cane juice, and
organic cane sugar?
All of the above are bone-char free! See,
this isn't so hard afterall is it?
How do I know whether a particular
brand of sugar has been processed with bone char?
Read on and you'll find a
list of companies selling bone-char-free sugar, as well as a
list of companies who have confirmed that they do use bone char.
If you don't see your local brand of sugar on this list, drop us
an email or check
back later, as this list will continue to be updated as we confirm